Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Moses Mawere, was pleased to learn that the Teulings Youth Sport Challenge has continued to engage more athletes in the country to compete in five different sports disciplines at grassroots level.
In a speech read on his behalf by Agness Musunga, Permanent Secretary in the ministry during the just ended 6th Teulings Youth Sport Challenge Grand Finale held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC), Mawere said through the Teulings league, over 2,000 talented athletes have participated in both local and regional Games.
Mawere, said the OYDC is fertile soil for developing athletes who will continue to represent the country at Olympic Games by minting medals.
He added that government is committed to investing more in sport through different leagues such as the Teulings Youth Sport Challenge which is usually hosted the OYDC adding that it is yielding positive results.
And Hans Bertels, a representative of Coen Teulings, the Chief Executive of the Merifin Capital in Belgium announced that the sponsorship of the Teulings Youth Sport Challenge at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) will continue for the next two years.
Bertels, expressed happiness that the Teulings Youth Sport Challenge produced hockey teams which represented Zambia at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China.
He disclosed that a total of US$130,000 was contributed annually by Coen Teulings adding that the money was used on hosting of competitions, transportation of athletes, health checks, purchasing of training equipment’s and feeding of athletes during league Games.
Chileshe, said it’s an honor that the sponsorship of the Teulings league has been extended saying that more athletes will be engaged.
And Loveness Mudenda, an Olympian at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics in hockey thanked Teulings and OYDC management for the league Games and educational services which she said have helped many youth.
The Teulings Youth Sport Challenge is an annual event at which top teams and individual athletes compete in the finals after participating in the season’s Youth leagues in Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Football and Tennis, sponsored by Coen Teulings Chief Executive of Merifin Capital in Belgium.
The Teulings project has helped positively change people’s lives and hugely contributed to the formation of youth leagues that have given a lot of youth the opportunity to participate in organised and competitive sport.
Outstanding athletes and coaches were rewarded with trophies and medals. Some of the winners were:
U15 Boys Basketball
U15 Girls Basketball
Breathe of Heaven
U13 Boys Basketball
U15 Boys football
U15 Girls football
U14 Boys Hockey
Leopard’s hockey team
U14 Girls hockey
Queens Hockey team
U15 Boys Volleyball
Makeni Volleyball team
U15 Girls volleyball
Munali Volleyball team
U15 Boys Tennis
U15 Girls Tennis